Small Audit Documentation that Satisfies SASs

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For all audit engagements, documentation must evidence compliance with the requirements of applicable SASs. Because SASs are written to be applicable audit engagements of all sizes, compliance for a small audit will likely be different than for a large audit. Audit documentation of compliance, therefore, is also likely to be different.

Here is a list of annual “key” documentation that will support most small audit strategies:

  • Client acceptance and retention evaluations
  • General ledger analysis worksheet
  • Small audit internal control questionnaire, flowcharts or memos by financial statement classification
  • Systems walk-through memo or other documentation
  • Analytical procedures worksheets for engagement planning and review
  • Risk of material misstatements evaluation by financial statements classification
  • Linking working paper to guide the selection of tests of controls and tests of balances procedures based on risk
  • Tolerable misstatements calculation by financial statements classification
  • Sampling and non-sampling decisions worksheet
  • Audit planning document summarizing audit strategies
  • Small audit programs tailored for audit risk

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